Hi this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday. As of today there are just two more days until Christmas. As I did last year I want to use my podcast to read to you a Christmas poem that conveys the true meaning of the celebration. As a podcaster, words are important to me, they are the basis of my craft. My wife is finishing her long and storied career as an educator this year. Her final years in that profession have been spent teaching kindergarteners to read. The basis for their ability to read words is the alphabet which she lovingly spends time teaching all of her student’s mastery of. So I thought it fitting then this year to use a poem about Christmas that highlights the alphabet that allows them to read and me to write each week’s podcast.  Without further ado, I offer A Christmas Alphabet Poem, the author is unknown.

A is for Angels, appearing so bright, telling of Jesus that first Christmas night.
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host.” Luke 2:13

B is for Bethlehem, crowded and old, birthplace of Jesus by prophet foretold.
“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, out of thee shall he come

forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel.” Micah 5:2

C is for Cattle, their manger His bed, there in the trough where He laid His head.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in

swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger.” Luke 2:7

D is for David and his ancient throne promised forever to Jesus alone.
“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God
shall give unto him the throne of his father David.” Luke 1:32

E is for East, where shone the bright star which Magi on camels followed afar.
“Behold, there came wise men from the east asking

‘Where is the king of the Jews?’” Matthew 2:1,2

F is for Frankincense, with myrrh and gold, brought by the Wise Men as Matthew has told.
“And when they had opened their treasurers, they presented unto

Him gifts gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11

G is for God, who from heaven above sent down to mankind the Son of His love.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that

whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

H is for Herod, whose murderous scheme was told to Joseph in a nocturnal dream.
“The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise and take the young child

and his mother and flee into Egypt… for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.”
Matthew 2:13

I is for Immanuel, “God with us,” for Christ brought man back to the Father’s house.
“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

J is for Joseph so noble and just, obeying God’s word with absolute trust.
“Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had

bidden him, and took unto him his wife.” Matthew 1:24

K is for King. A true king He would be, coming in power and authority.
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, the

King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation.” Zechariah 9:9

L is for Love that He brought down to earth God enfleshed in lowly birth.
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9

M is for Mary, His mother so brave, counting God faithful and mighty to save.
“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord;

be it unto me according to thy word.” Luke 1:38

N is for Night, when the Savior was born for nations of earth and people forlorn.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,

keeping watch over their flock by night.” Luke 2:8

O is for Omega, meaning “the last;” He’s eternal present, future and past.
“I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end,

the first and the last.” Revelation 22:13

P is for Prophets, when living on earth foretold His redemption and blessed birth.
“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob;

a scepter will rise out of Israel.” Numbers 24:17

Q is for Quickly, as shepherds who heard hastened to act on that heavenly word.
“And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph,

and the babe lying in a manger.” Luke 2:16

R is for Rejoice.  The sorrow of sin is banished forever when Jesus comes in.
“And you will have joy and gladness;

and many will rejoice at his birth.” Luke 1:14

S is for Savior.  To be this He came; the angel of God assigned Him His name.
“She will bring forth a son, and you will call his name JESUS,

for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

T is for Tidings of joy, not of danger, telling of Him who was laid in a manger.
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not for, behold, I bring you good tidings

of great joy, which shall be to all people.” Luke 2:10

U is for Us, to whom Jesus was given to show us the way and take us to heaven.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior,

which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

V is for Virgin, foretold by the sage, God’s revelation on prophecy’s page.
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:23

W is for Wonderful, His works and His words, the King of all Kings, the Lord of all Lords.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given… and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

X is for Christ. It’s X in the Greek, Anointed, Messiah, mighty, yet meek.
“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with

the Holy Spirit and with power.” Acts 10:38

Y is for Yes, called God’s Yes in His Word; God’s answer to all is Jesus the Lord.
“For all the promises of God in him are yea,

and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20

Z is for Zeal as it burned in Christ’s heart. Lord, by thy Spirit to us zeal impart.
“And his disciples remembered that it was written,

the zeal of your house has eaten me up.” John 2:17

So now, celebrating the foretold birth of your loving Savior, and the gift He has given you for your spiritual rebirth…Go be awesome for Jesus!